Saturday 10/06/18 was a beautiful and very typical Fall day as we headed out for another, but longer, day of Fall foliage viewing.
To start things off, we stopped by the 16th Annual New Durham Civil War Encampment at 8:45 as they were setting up. Sue and I are members of the New Durham Historical Society that hosts the encampment, and we wanted to check it out. Sue had made up a couple of loaves of banana bread and brought 2 large containers of apple cider to help out with the group's fund-raising efforts.
The man who originated the idea behind the encampment was nice enough to give us a detailed tour and discussion of all of the really interesting period equipment. Some of the stuff he talked about is just amazing. We were so thrilled with listening to him that we didn't get started on our foliage excursion until almost 10:30!
Our thought was to head over to the Canterbury, NH area, going through Loudon, and then winding our way north and then east back home - what we thought would be a nice, relaxing drive through some of the prettiest smaller roads in that area. Though we had visited the Shaker Village last year, we had wanted to drive past it as the entire area is lovely. But we got off onto some side roads to explore, and found ourselves too far past it to warrant going back.
But that was fine. We followed Route 132 up through Northfield and into Tilton where we stopped to grab some chicken tenders at McDonald's around 1:00. We took a little side drive out Shaker Road, and then looped back onto Route 140.
Sue had seen an on-line ad for a moving yard sale that listed a bunch of tools she wanted to stop at just outside of Gilmanton. What a huge, huge barn this woman had! Holy crap, it was literally the biggest barn I've ever been inside of. Sue got a nice pitchfork for separating some of her day lilies next summer, and a nice standing fan, and I found an ice pick and short handle hedge trimmer.
We also spotted a terrific baker's rack that would be just great in the kitchen, and more in line with the age of the house than the wooden cabinet we currently have. But it was too big to put on top of her car, so we'll have to come back and get it when my car gets fixed as it has carry racks on top. If I can haul a couple of kayaks on top of my car, I can get this thing home for sure.
On the way home, Sue got a call from her nephew, Derek, that he had about a cord of wood in his truck if we wanted him to drop it off. He is working a couple of jobs where he gets to keep the wood, and had asked us if we needed 3 cords. Though we had already got our wood for the year, Sue had told him that if he did have some we'd take it and let it season until next season.
We didn't get home until around 2:30, but that was fine because Derek and Christine didn't show up until just after dusk around 5:30. I went out with a flashlight, and guided him as he backed the truck around behind my existing woodpile where he let it all go. He thinks he'll have the other 2 cords for us in a couple of weeks, and then he said he'd split it for us because it's all in 6 foot lengths now.